When the LG G Flex was announced and went on sale in South Korea, sceptics reigned unbounded. First, they argued that a curved phone that was not flexible was useless, and with the G Flex one, it would be problematic while sliding into pockets. More prominently, though, they scorned LG’s bold claim that the G Flex’s rear panel was self-healing.
Well, guess what folks? The LG G Flex is both flexible, and self healing.
In the following video, prominent YouTube smartphone reviewer Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) demonstrates these two features in a review unit of the LG G Flex.
As you can see in the video, MKBHD initiates the testing by scratching the rear panel with his set of keys. After scratches appear, he leaves it alone for a few minutes. MKBHD notices that the scratches are “mostly minimized”, stressing that they are not completely gone, but “much less noticeable from when they were fresh”. However, he notes that in LG’s official video, they use a temperature of 27.4 degrees Celsius to scratch the phone. MKBHD was in New York City, where temperatures were around 13 degrees Celsius. To try and see if heat actually worked in healing the phone, he tried rubbing it rapidly with his jacket sleeve, and sure enough, once the device was warmed up enough, the scratches were completely gone.
After this, he stepped up the game, and used a knife to create a deep scratch on the rear of the device. This time though, even after warming up, the scratch remained. MKBHD did comment that the scratch was “half-way gone”, and “barely noticeable” after a few hours.
Finally, he lays the G Flex face down on a flat surface (curve jutting out in the air), and presses down hard until the device is completely flush against the surface. Flipping the phone over he attempted to press down at the top and bottom too. In both scenarios the device went flat and after MKBHD had released his hands, it returned to its curved shape. Visually, there is no damage, but he does comment that he has no idea if the internals are still perfectly intact.
What this proves that the LG G Flex is certainly a revolutionary device – both in its self-healing feature and its flexibility. It can possibly influence all smartphone designs in the future, as the iPhone has done. We might be looking at a very large change in the industry.
The G Flex is still lacking in terms of specs though, having only a 720p display spread out over 6 inches (dropping ppi to 245), and this is even more confusing when looking at the price of the phone ($1088 SGD). It does have 500 mAh larger battery than the G2 though, so we might see even better battery performance than the record holding flagship. It also shares the same button placement, System-on-Chip (SoC) and camera as the G2.
So, what do you think of the G Flex now? Has the demonstration sold you on the G Flex? Leave your comments below, and tell us why or why not the G Flex could be a revolution.